Sonoma County, North Coast

Williams Selyem

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2002

David T
9.3

Not exactly pizza wine but, I bought six bottles of this 02 Williams Selyem for $35-$36 w/ tax & fees recently on the secondary market. I have enjoyed a number of their 02’s for many years…such a great Pinot Noir Sonoma vintage. Especially, for WS. I feel for the seller who actually barely might have broke even or even lost a couple of bucks on this sale after fees.

Still spectacular after 18 plus years in bottle. She is still strutting her stuff.

Visually you look at the color in the glass, it’s silty & cloudy.

The body is ripe, rich, smooth & shining integration. The fruits bright, somewhat candied, floral & showing shades of stewed. Blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, cherries, poached strawberries, pomegranate juice, slightly dry cranberries, raspberries with singing purple & blue fruits as it sets. Some dark, rich, dark forest floor with dry leaves & twigs w/ tree sap, vanillin, nutmeg, cinnamon, dark spices, notes of dry herbaceousness - bay leaf, sage & marjoram, black licorice, mixed berry cola, powdery limestone & dry rocks, just a hint of pepper, grilled, savory meats, fresh tobacco leaves, red, blue, dark flowers laid in a field of violets. The acidity is like a spring shower. The finish is rich, ruby, well knitted & balanced with length & polish for days.

Its subtle knock, a touch hot at the beginning with it fading in the second glass.

The 02 is singing with another 3-5 years of good drinking ahead. It’s new world with Burgundy threads.

For me, this WS Pinot Noir is seriously peaking. Best bottle of the 02 WS Sonoma Coast I have enjoyed over the 12-15 bottles I’ve had.

Definitely pushing 94. I stole these amazing bottles. Thank you universe.
— 2 days ago

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Cool
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Yes, thank you universe. 👍

Rivers-Marie

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2011

David T
9.1

Ribcap warm up wine.

First well aged TRB Rivers Marie. When you understand that TRB wines are a long hold, its not much of stretch to know it is can be a easy guess as who made this wine. Especially, after nine years in bottle.

The extraction level is all TRB. It’s not Belle Glos Cabernet/Pinot Noir but not Ferren or Williams Selyem. In between & closer to WS. Dark, ripe fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, black plums, dark cherries, raspberries, overtones of blue fruits, smoked meats, incense, dark spice with heat, alcohol fume, stones, dry crushed limestone, dry twigs, menthol, eucalyptus, mint, fresh; dark, red, blue flowers laid in a field of violets. Acidity is like a rain shower with balance & polish for days.

For my palate, this still needs time. Although, it very approachable for most.
— 15 days ago

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IMO, one of the greatest value red wines coming out of Cali...heck, the entire US.

Ultramarine Wines

Charles Heintz Vineyard Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé 2011

2011 late disgorgement (apr 2019) — sweet strawberry and cream. Round mouthfeel. Very delicious — 3 days ago

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Ferren Wines

Frei Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Shay A
9.3

Even though I’m a big fan of Ferren’s Frei Rd Chardonnay, this was my first Frei Rd Pinot.

Not sure of normal experiences here, but the richness here seems to fall in between Rivers Marie (love) and Aubert (just so so for me). Darker color in the glass…bit of a purple tinge to it. Aromatically it sports potpourri, violets, underripe black cherries, underripe blue fruit and some cedar. Initially, the front palate seems like it will be heavy based on all of the flavors but it turns really elegant. Dark chocolate, a slight roasted character, and spicy fruits. With RM, I get that orange zest note, and with Aubert, I get more alcohol and kirsch. My in between note here is more ripe pomegranate than either of the others. These probably need 5-7yrs from vintage to be in a good spot. Followed over two days and stayed consistent.
— 8 days ago

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@Bryan Kesting : I think there is some confusion. @David L ‘s comment was for the Chardonnay, but my post was for the Pinot. I definitely think the pinots need about 7yrs as this one at 5yrs was young! Or maybe everyone is wanting to discuss the chard!
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Sorry for the confusion. I personally feel the 7 year mark is best for both the Pinot and Chardonnay…generally speaking. Im sure it also depend on vintage. My opinion.
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@Bryan Kesting : Ah, got it. I haven’t had the Frei chard with that much age, but it sure was good at 4-5yrs, however, definitely young. I’ll do my best to hold a bottle.

Anthill Farms

Campbell Ranch Vineyard Syrah 2018

Tannins, acid, and fruit never came together in a dance... felt rigid. Had this alongside Melville and Holus Bolus, which were more enjoyable now. Am I missing something with the v97 rating??!? — 10 days ago

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Marcassin

Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Had to pop a Marcassin to celebrate! FINALLY, after a few years of not hearing anything, got the 2013 Chardonnay offer this week and sounds like John is improving with his health issue.

1+ hour decant(some cloudy sediment). A remarkable dark crimson color. On the nose: strawberry, mushrooms, some sweet cherry, wet leaves, cinnamon, and earth. Taste: coming together versus our two previous bottles. A creamy, juicy medium plus body wine with cherry, spice, smoke, minerals, and a raspberry vanilla cedar finish....it still has a little tannic kick on the end. Cheers!
— 16 days ago

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Yes! Got my letter today (Texas). 3yrs since the last release! And seems like we’ll get two releases this year!
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@Shay A Yep, hopefully back to regular release dates! Cheers!

Aston Estate

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015

Ron R
9.4

The label was soiled when I received the order. I was immediately concerned regarding the contents. Happily, the wine was in pristine nick. Forest floor and cinnamon nose transitioned to the signature gnarly, textured dark fruit, smoke, and spice box presentation. I’m going to hold some of these Astons and see what happens. Intro’d to this by @Bill Bender, this has become my fave Cali pinot. Every vintage comes correct. — 9 days ago

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@Ron R vintage please sir! 🤔
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@Jody Scharf is gangster. He wants to do it on the forest floor! @Dawn E. 2015. I just ordered more from the winery. Sign up, they have the 15 and 16 available.

Kistler

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018

Medium ruby; medium plus intensity aromas of red cherry, strawberry, subtle red plum, underbrush, subtle eucalyptus, earth and mushrooms as it opens up further; dry, medium plus acid, low tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium plus intensity flavors consistent with aromas; lovely and complex, very elegant, develops with time — 15 days ago

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Freestone Vineyards Quarter Moon Pinot Noir 2018

Looking for a fine red wine when it's too hot for Cab? This could be the one. Great red fruit flavors that come thru the delicate light flavor. Very enjoyable 🍷 — 5 days ago

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Peay Vineyards

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014

Mid to light crimson in colour. Red fruited, cherry and strawberry, and light spice - a touch of Sous Bois. Surprisingly light in palate weight - more fruit than savoury driven. Tastes a lot younger (and fresher) than 7 years of age. A sweetish jujube character on the palate - light tannins and acid. The following night, a stewed rhubarb character on the palate. In summary a very good new world Pinot if not a little on the light side. — 16 days ago

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